Getting your classroom organized is worth its weight in gold. It is easier to manage time better, which means not only do you get more accomplished, but you feel better about the work that you’ve done. Start today and try these tips for staying organized.
Choose a day each year to rid your classroom of old paperwork and documents. A good rule to follow – If you haven’t looked a something in a year – add it to your recycling!
2. Know Where It Goes
Once you’ve decided what papers you’re keeping, create a specific place for each item. Your categories could be things like forms, answer keys, lesson plans/ideas, student information, etc.
3. The Perky Problem Solver
Save the bigger tasks for when you’re alert and rested. When you’re ready, tackle one thing at a time!
4. Spot Who’s Missing
If possible, wait until students are busy to take roll and use a seating chart instead of roll call to see who’s missing.
5. List the Little Tasks
Have handy a list (physical or mental) of the “small” things that you need to get done. Then when you have a little time, in between classes or before a parent shows up for a conference, work on those tasks.
6. The Student Grader
When appropriate, let students grade their own or each others’ work. This not only saves you time, but it can help students understand their grades better when you walk them through the process.